In the market for a new hospital?
This last week I’ve spent quite a bit of time researching hospitals online. Why?
First, I recently posted about the book,
, which questions the safety standards of American hospitals. The author, Dr. Marty Makary, writes about the difficulties both patients and patient safety advocates have in choosing and evaluating … Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won’t Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care read on Medicine’s code of silence I remember I was a very new and young nurse when I realized most patients haven’t a clue what goes on behind the privacy curtain of medical care in a hospital.
Working in the operating room, I quickly learned who were the best—and the worst—surgeons. The best had skill and good judgement, and I would enthusiastically refer my family and friends, if needed.
And the worst? …
read on Too many CT scans ordered on children
This morning I read a post by a pediatric intensive care (PICU) doctor who admitted
too many CT scans are still being given to children, despite recent evidence that radiation exposure from the scans carries a not insignificant future risk of cancer.
posted about the results of this study a couple of months ago: Children are more “radiosensitive” than adults; … read on Inflated hospital costs
I read an article in the
New York Times yesterday that initially infuriated me. The journalist, Nina Bernstein, wrote something of an exposé on the outrageous hospital costs incurred by a group of about 100 people after suffering from an outbreak of food poisoning.
She focused on the fact that a bag of normal saline IV solution costs the hospital anywhere from $0.44 to $1.
read on Even doctors are afraid of hospitals
One of my best friends is a physician, and we have an agreement: if either of us needs to go into the hospital for surgery, the other will be there to make sure everything is done right.
Hospitals are scary places, even for–especially for–health care professionals.
Dr. Laura Nathanson’s husband died as a result of incorrect diagnosis and delayed treatment due to poor communication … read on The unloved woman
I recently read two books that provoked my thoughts. The first was
by Dr. Eric Manheimer, the medical director of what is probably the largest public hospital in America. Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital
Located in New York City, Bellevue sees patients from all demographics—incarcerated, homeless, undocumented, uninsured, mentally ill, addicted—and treats the worst trauma cases in the city.
Dr. Manheimer sees it all, …
read on US News & World Report publishes hospital rankings for 2013
And the winner is…Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore! Great, but what does that mean?
US News & World Report publishes a list of what it considers to be the best hospitals in America.
The rankings are mostly based on an analysis of death rates for certain complicated procedures, patient safety statistics acquired from Medicare data, and a physician …
read on That’s a good question!
H. Gilbert Welch, MD, the author of
Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health, wrote a recent op-ed in the New York Times in which he wonders at what point will the high costs—and profits—of medical care in America be considered “a crime”?
Medical care is intended to help people, not enrich providers. But the way prices are rising, it’s beginning to look
read on The classic black comedy of medical training
The emotional and physical traumas of interns are well documented (if hilariously exaggerated) in
The House of God by Samuel Shem. The “best medical students” become “terns,” the lowest of the low in the hospital hierarchy, and yet are expected to save lives on a daily basis, usually with little sleep and little or no supervision.
Shem, the pen name of a Harvard-trained …
read on It seems to have been a busy week in health care news, and I found it difficult to settle on what interested me the most. But here are my picks: Coke for breakfast?
Apparently that is
one of the marketing strategies Coca-Cola is considering to increase its sales in the United Kingdom. It is not clear whether they mean to actually pitch the idea that a Coke would be a … read on